Power of Enthusiasm

The real secret of success is enthusiasm.
~ Walter P. Chrysler

These words still ring in my ears from lessons learned a long time ago. Have you ever thought about what we have accomplished together through these pages in almost two years? It would be easy for the Ucompass developers to take all the credit, but that isn’t really the case. That would be only half the story. It’s actually YOUR enthusiasm that propels our developers. The sheer power of that enthusiasm is not to be ignored.

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Your comments, your suggestions, your criticism, and your gratitude, both here and on our Facebook page, fuel the Educator engine. We may not immediately address every suggestion to your liking, but we process each and every single one of them internally. Every word you take the time to write is carefully read, technically weighed, and operationally discussed. Speaking of which, some of your enthusiastic comments are copied here today …

For the Lab Folks

Something I have been struggling with this week is forcing slides. I would LOVE a school filter for applying forcing slides to certain students. This would be super-helpful for lab students.

Making something super-helpful for students will actually require a super-helpful teacher to make this work. We know you’re out there. You want to sort students by school of record and force them to a slide based on that information, right? These will work with your filters as well. Here you go!

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For the Shortcutters

Here is another enthusiastic comment to share …

I would love to see a button in the student’s individual gradebook to lift a suspension rather than going back out, click on suspension manager, and finding the student. Would be a time saver!!!

We really do try to save you time. There is more on the ACTIONS menu now! From this menu both teachers and TA’s will be able to suspend or remove suspension without going back to the manager.

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For the Speed Graders

Another time-saver idea to toss around … When we are grading papers, we have to manually type “50” (if points possible is 50) or 100, etc. A good majority of the time the student gets the high score, especially after they resubmit. If a bubble was next to that for only top score “50” and you can click that and it fills it in, we would not have to type the number. Of course, we need the open slot for less points, but that would save a lot of typing. I always wish I could just click the top score and move forward.

Well … it seems that someone’s wish has been granted. While grading Assignments or essay questions on Exams and Worksheets, the maximum point value for that grading item will now be a link! Click the link, and the grading item is automatically graded with that maximum grade. How’s that?

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Great enthusiasm deserves great attention. Please let us know what you think. Feel free to keep that faucet full of ideas wide open.

For Everyone

Remember when … we told you that the mobile menu would become friendlier. This was released just two days ago:

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Rather than scrolling the list, the expected open/close submenus have been created. You can still bring back the left navigation buttons, if you like. But the loss of real estate will be too great.

Remember: the setting you choose is tied to your account. It will remain that way until you change it. In other words, the setting on your laptop or computer will be the same on any mobile device. This applies to students as well. Using different settings on different devices will require your visit to account preferences upon login.

Thank you for all your enthusiasm … posted, written, and spoken. Once again, coupled with hard work and energy, it just drives things forward.

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success.
When you do a thing, do it with all your might.
Put your whole soul into it.
Stamp it with your own personality.
Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful … and you will accomplish your object.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Scene Too

Some films just leave an impression. We have all seen them. We know many of those films that withstand the test of time. Years later these films still etch something in the minds of old and new viewers. Some scenes stand out in our minds more than others. You might remember one of these famous scenes: “Here’s Johnny” in The Shining; the opening petition scene for justice in The Godfather; the shower scene in Psycho.

AgonyEcstasyA lesser-known film of much lesser-known scenes was The Agony and the Ecstasy released in 1965. The story is set in early sixteenth century Rome. It was the papal reign of Julius II who was called the Warrior Pope and known as a patron of the arts. He wanted to leave behind artifacts by which he would be remembered. When he wasn’t warring through the rest of Europe, Pope Julius II would return to the Vatican and wreak havoc there. He had commissioned the talented Michelangelo to create several works. Perhaps the most challenging and massive task appointed to him was the painting of the entire Sistine Chapel. There is one most memorable scene in the movie when the impatient Pope badgers Michelangelo who is lying uncomfortably on some high scaffolding and painfully painting the famous fresco depicting the Book of Genesis on the Sistine Chapel ceiling …

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Michelangelo – Creation of Adam – 1512

POPE JULIUS II
When will you make an end?

MICHELANGELO
When I am finished!

This exchange of words is repeated throughout the film. The Pope wanted things completed yesterday, and the artist wanted his work to be perfect in his own eyes. So … when is work finished? It depends on who is doing it! This lengthy introduction applies to you.

The Educator developers have a lot of big ideas and plans on the table. The dust has settled from last week’s major rollout. They were going to push out a few more tweaks and efficiencies this week, but we decided to hold off a bit. We are going to let a little time pass right now. Our highest priorities include getting the mobile interface to work in a user-friendlier manner. We are also determined  to give you better control over DBA timing and warnings. There are some pilots now “in the wild” that we are watching very closely. This includes working with automatic exemptions in some trial courses. The development team is also working on dynamic pace charts. This short list is their Sistine Chapel. They are aiming high right now.

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
~ Michelangelo Buonarroti

Those are wise words. The development team does not want to aim low here. This is exactly why they pulled the mobile interface to rework it. That particular programming and those others mentioned above eat up a lot of hours. We are not complaining; we’re just letting you know we’re working. It’s just a matter of time before these are all part of your Educator. When will that be?

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We cannot make time stand still. They will get it all done in time. It will take longer than you like, but it will be done in less time than most projects. In the meantime we will add some smaller efficiency tweaks here next week, then enjoy some turkey, and return with more goodies. Who knows? There might well be something coming out of the laboratory before then. We’ve listened and understood. Now it’s just a matter of more work.

If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn’t call it genius.
~ Michelangelo Buonarroti

Educator Epic

Do, or do not. There is no try.
~ Yoda, from The Empire Strikes Back

This past week began with your Educator developers rolling out the largest Educator change in its long history. Merriam-Webster defines epic as extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope. From Homer’s Odyssey through Dante’s Inferno to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and beyond Star Wars … our lives are filled with some epic recollections.

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This rollout became a journey for all of us. You should know that every member of the Educator development team is indeed a Star Wars fan. In the end each one of us believes in Yoda’s commandment above; get the job done! It always begins with trying. And the goal is never attained without the constant striving and the continual doing.

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Your feedback was a tremendous source of guidance and encouragement to the entire Ucompass team. If you can appreciate where Educator is heading, then pat your selves on the back! In the diary of the past five days, you’ve helped us come a long way since Sunday. Together we have managed to make Educator a much better home for learning and teaching, and we’re not done.

The first enhancement we added was simply a way for you to retrieve the left-hand navigation bar anytime you wanted. We recognize this as a matter of personal preference and adjustment.

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For anyone who might not have seen the email or followed along, you can retrieve that navigation bar by clicking your name on the toolbar, select ACCOUNT PREFERENCES, and elect the SIDE NAVIGATION. Click SAVE, and this navigation will be attached to your account.

Take a look at our tweaking and polishing diary over the past few days …

Sunday November 2nd:

  • Fixed School Link on TA Grade Book
  • Removed empty parentheses if student doesn’t have segment information
  • Updates to better resize announcements
  • Fixed institution appearing incorrectly on TA Grade Report
  • The toolbar listing courses in arranged order as opposed to alphanumeric order
  • Teacher courses are now listed before Student or TA courses
  • Turned on temporary navigation for mobile users (working on resolution)

Monday November 3rd:

  • Added weeks active to student grade report
  • Re-arranged logic to better re-size iframes for announcements
  • Added students username to Student Grade Report
  • Moved iframe resize code outside of document (for future dashboard performance)
  • Added css to always display archive correctly on Teacher/TA inbox
  • Teacher/TA Workload now only displays empty stars on hover
  • Removed padding and margin from grade book css for the body (to view full grade book)
  • Added old navigation to old style gradebook
  • Toolbar update for ask a tutor link

Tuesday November 4th:

  • More changes to Announcement iframes, setting widths more appropriately

Wednesday November 5th:

  • While viewing grade report on phones, the assessment name will once again always be visible
  • Added student’s e-mail back to Grade Report Header
  • Added supervisor e-mail (if available) to Student Grade Report header
  • FLVS CONNECT replaces the non-existent Staff Central link on the toolbar

Thursday, November 6th:

This caught our eye on Facebook today:

Hi, one more thing! My partner and I have checked and the default mail in Educator (when checking mail from a student) goes to 10. So, if I set it to 100, it goes back to 10 each time. I get a lot of email, so it always has to be set. I called tech and they stated there was not a problem with my system, which led me to ask another teacher if it happens to them- and yes- it defaults each time to 10. So, when you go to email in Educator, if you have 50 emails, it will only show you 10 at a time. I would like to make it so it shows all 100 plus as my default- can that be fixed?

Has that ever bothered you? Would you like to see that changed? Maybe you have mentioned it before, and we somehow lost that post or email. If so, please accept our apologies. Moving along … guess what? Your SHOW NUMBER for emails will stick from now on. This holds true for teachers, TA’s, and students. If you like making things stick when you can, you should be happy with this.

Today brought some other things to our attention here …

Hi, The spell check icon is there but as I click on it, it does not open.

Then someone shared this:

One thing I need help with currently is inserting an object ID is not working while I am grading nor is the Add Audio tool under the students or teacher comments box. I like to be able to quickly add an audio file to feedback I give my students but now I cannot. Any workarounds or quick fixes? Thanks; I am loving the new look in Educator. You guys are doing a great job!

There was also this notation in Facebook:

One note: at this point I have been unable to add audio—now and previously recorded. Am I missing something? And thanks for always being forward-thinking and speedy in addressing suggestions!

While we really do appreciate the gratitude and kudos, our march toward the finest service excellence demanded that something be done. It has been. All systems are now working as expected. We apologize for any slight inconvenience. Put them all through your paces, and let us know how things are running.

There was another matter that bothered us. Why was the NEXT UNGRADED ESSAY box getting in the way of progress? First, we read this comment about the magical box:

Thanks. It slows down the grading, so I would love it to move or the text to wrap so that it isn’t under the box!!!

This idea followed that comment:

Could the box be moved off center (to the right)? It also covers the workflow number (i.e. assessment 7 of 25). Moving it slightly to the right might solve both of these problems.

We are well aware how this feature has been very popular with teachers. We wanted to give it another major tweak, and it just rolled out for you to experience. The NEXT UNGRADED ESSAY navigation will now appear on the bottom of your browser window. Take a look …

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You’ll also notice that we thought some additional information might prove valuable to you when reviewing and grading student essays. The idea actually came from you!

In the box within exams where they let you advance to next essay question and have added student name (thank GOODNESS), could they also add the exam number? It would save having to scroll back up for forgetful minds like mine.

We have added:

  • Student name (Segment)
  • Exam number and title
  • Number of remaining ungraded essays
  • Current exam grade

As you scroll through the exams this information will always be there. What do you think?

It has been a busy week for us and for you. We do appreciate your patience and your trust. Thanks for helping out the students, although rumor has it that things were a breeze on that front. We are now working to change how mobile devices respond. That’s not far away, and we will keep you posted. We had to temporarily return those navigation buttons to mobile devices. They won’t be there for long, and we appreciate your understanding. Finally …

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
~ Ferris Bueller, from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

The Plunge!

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
~ George Bernard Shaw

Momentum. This blog. Emails. Meetings. We’ve had enough peeking around corners and gazing from afar, folks. Do you know what time it is? It’s time for all of us to take the plunge!
PLEASE NOTE: All items outlined below will be released this Sunday morning.

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Change isn’t easy. It’s certainly disruptive. It often throws all the wheels out of balance for a while. It is to be expected that some of us will take a longer time to adjust to the new look and feel. Others will jump right in and never lose a step. We will all be together in the end. Our muscles will adjust to the change, and we will be moving faster and in more places than ever before. We’ve always done that, and we always will. So hang in there, and let us know how we might continue to help.

Your students will probably have the simplest adjustment. They never read video game directions, and yet they navigate them like a pro from the outset. Would you agree? They will certainly appreciate all that extra content space on their phones and tablets.

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As autumn keeps us smiling and Halloween creeps in, it only seems right to pack a few little treats into this weekend’s upgrade.

Enjoy the satisfaction that comes from doing little things well.
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Treats for You

There was some previous confusion about variables in snippets. Some worked in email, and others did not. That has been resolved for you. When you look at the VARIABLE EXAMPLES on any MANAGE SNIPPETS path, the variables that will not work in email are marked accordingly.

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This comment was recently retrieved from our Facebook page:

As we are finding our groove in the new school year, it occurred to me that it would be great to be able to see how many weeks active a student is when grading their assignment. Some students complete so much work before their welcome call, and it would be an efficient way to remind them in their feedback that they need to complete it (since we can’t suspend them unless they are active). Also, it would be a great tool for a student who stays off your radar by submitting work each week, but progressively falls behind pace.

The idea made so much sense to the developers that they took action:

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The WEEKS ACTIVE will display as highlighted above when correcting any assignment!. Good idea? Remember that this information comes directly from VSA, so if there are any discrepancies, please make the VSA team aware. If the information is not sent over, there will be no entry, and you should create a help ticket for resolution.

There are a couple of other little goodies in the bottom of your treat bag here. The MAIL FOLDERS count will now include ALL mail items, as opposed to just opened mail. You will also notice that your GRADEREPORT table is sporting a very new and responsive design. Go take a look!

Treats for Them

We couldn’t leave your students behind now, could we? Students will see a newer, cleaner look when they enter any exam or worksheet. The table has been modernized with improved functionality. Even the warning boxes have been cleaned up. This one is from the top:

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And this warning accompanies the SUBMIT button below:

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The real difference for students lies in the look of the exam itself. The multiple choice selections will now be framed in boxes. There is a subtle highlighting whenever an answer is selected.

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Students can select anywhere they like in the box, and that answer will be selected as the box is highlighted. This should make selecting those tiny buttons a lot simpler for your students. And there’s even more!

Remember in the old days when you took your Number 2 pencil and crossed out the choices that you knew were wrong? It was a game of increasing your odds. Instead of guessing one answer from a field of four or more, you could improve the odds to 50/50 perhaps.

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With a simple right-click your students can strikethrough any answer they don’t like! When choices are images or symbols, only the number is crossed out. These strikes are not saved with their work. Leave the page, and the lines leave as well.

That’s it for now. Remember that these changes will take effect this Sunday morning. Don’t go looking for them right now. And when Sunday comes around … take your time, and enjoy the ride.

People get ready.
There’s a train a-coming.
You don’t need no baggage;
You just get on board.
~ Curtis Mayfield

 

All Aboard!

What thrills me about trains is not their size or their equipment but the fact that they are moving, that they embody a connection between unseen places.
~ Marianne Wiggins

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We shared the new look with you at Momentum. The testing is almost complete, and Educator will be renewed on Sunday morning, November 2. Next week will be busy a busy one for communications:

  • Today – IE8 users view daily upgrade notices
  • Monday – The QA team completes its review of content in the new system
  • Wednesday – Marketing releases a video highlighting some changes
  • Thursday – VSA notices to students about the change
  • Sunday – the new Educator rolls out to everyone

No matter what you think at first, please give it some time. There are many things planned for this new foundation, and you will appreciate where Educator is going. Enjoy the scenery; enjoy the ride.

As for this week …

We have been working closely with the help desk and application services to better handle the viral resetting of student work. The course help and curriculum folks are working to limit the number or allowed resets where appropriate. Students will now see how many resets are allowed when it applies:

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For those of you who are most curious, the “new look” taking effect on November 2 will be this:

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Whether it’s old or new, please notice the number of resets REMAINING in the dialogue. Regardless of any poor calculating, no longer will there be any question about how many resets remain. Moving forward, students WILL need to give a reason for the reset.

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Next week there will be a rundown of what you can expect on the following Sunday. We’re in the last section of that tunnel now. There are just two more bends, and the light will be breaking.

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When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off.
You sit still and trust the engineer.

~ Corrie Ten Boom

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Play Ball!

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.
~ Hank Aaron

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It’s playoff season once again! It’s time for the fall classic, and it’s time for another World Series rollout within Educator. We’re ready for the long haul, and we’re getting you and your students ready for the change as well.

We showed off the new Educator uniform a couple of weeks ago to an appreciative crowd at the Momentum Conference. In just a couple of weeks those changes will be released “into the wild” for all users. The development team has been working on this for some time now. They recognize it as one of the most massive Educator changes ever. So what’s it all about? Why did we bother?

Every building needs a good foundation, right? This enabled the rebuilding of an even better Educator foundation upon which continued development could take place. Building a more personalized and prescriptive platform simply required a different foundation. What you (and your students) will find most obvious is the navigation.

PLEASE NOTE: The changes we will be referencing this week and next will only be visible to about 95% of current Educator users. The other five percent are still using Internet Explorer 8.0. Those IE8 users will see this notice once per day:

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These users will still be able to access all Educator areas as they do now. They just will not gain the benefit of certain enhancements and improvements.

For example … this is a screenshot for a user who will be using IE8:

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It looks very similar to what they see no, doesn’t it? They can still navigate through all sections of Educator and perform all their work. If those users would update their Internet Explorer or switch to Chrome or Firefox, they would reap the benefits of the new look and feel presented to the vast majority of Educator users:

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This is a new responsive design. It is designed to shrink and play nicely on tablets and phones. All navigation is directed from the black toolbar on top of the screen. There are FLVS departments and about 20 volunteer teachers who are now running this design through their courses and devices. I am sure we will hear from them soon enough. Meanwhile …

When any of your students or parents ask about the IE8 warning above, please encourage them to begin using a more modern browser. They do not have to do this, but they will definitely appreciate the user experience within Educator a lot more. When will this change occur? We are shooting for Halloween. It might have to move a week later, depending on what the QA team and others uncover. We will see and keep you posted here. We know there will be issues; we are ready for the possible oversights. We will just make it work. And we’ll just keep swinging.

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
~ Thomas Paine

Maintaining Momentum and More

Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the ‘naturals,’ the ones who somehow know how to teach.
~ Peter Drucker

We really do keep trying to make our tools work better for you. You know that. Face-to-face time is something special in our world, isn’t it? It was just a week ago when many of us had another opportunity to share some F2F time together. Thank you for inspiring us once again.

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It looks like something MUST be interesting. :-)

It was fun for us, and we hope it was informative for you. We have some very big plans in the works.

The riskiest thing we can do is just maintain the status quo.
~ Bob Iger

As we shared with you, much of our moving forward now hinges upon continuing our collaborative work with the IT and curriculum teams in place at Florida Virtual School. We are working very closely with them, and everyone recognizes how our continued success and growth will depend on this.

You have to maintain a culture of transformation and stay true to your values.
~ Jeff Weiner

We have a long and deep list of your latest suggestions. The development team is already working through it … making their list and checking it twice. Prioritizing and planning will take place in the coming weeks, and you will surely see the return on your investment of ideas and suggestions. It’s our goal to deserve even greater applause a year from now!

Always try to maintain complete tolerance, and always make an effort to give people more than they expect.
~ Scott Hamilton

Attention225PLEASE NOTE:

The new look of a responsive Educator will be in place within a month. Testing and piloting rolls out next week.

Anyone using Internet Explorer 8 will need to upgrade or switch browsers. Information will be shared on this blog, via email, and through regular communication channels.

 

Thank you once again for your tremendous welcome, your unrivaled enthusiasm, and your continued trust. We know what it takes to earn your respect, and we intend to continue working to deserve it.

Perform

An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.
~ Mae West

 

Got Momentum?

One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.
~ Michael Korda

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We have come to Orlando to see you, to share with you, and to explore with you. As previously explained, we will have two occasions to share our work and explore where we (plural!) are headed.

Thursday, 10/2 at 3:45 – Educator

You know your Educator home quite well. It has had plenty of changes, and more are on the way. Some new enhancements have already evolved from your wishful thinking and slipped into today’s Educator.

I love the notes. Is there a way to make them expire on their own? For example, if I want to remind a student to attend a Live Lesson @5pm on Monday, the note would then delete itself after the session has passed.

We saw how much you appreciated those Student Reminders. It only took you to make them even better! You can now set end dates AND times! And yes, the reminder will be deleted at the time set.

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Can you post the little plus button next to where you copy the gradebook? This way you don’t have to navigate back to the list of students to post the reminder when doing LTI or IPPs.

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Sure. It makes great sense., doesn’t it?

I really like the option to go to the ‘Next ungraded essay.’ It could be improved if it would go directly to the next question without scrolling or scroll faster. It’s too slow so sometimes I just use my mouse if I think I can get there faster.

And there was this thought.

Is there a way to have the student name show up in the little blue box that pops up to the right of an essay box when grading? When responding to a student’s essay answer, it would be helpful to have it shown, so that I don’t have to scroll back to the top of the page if I need their name.

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The “little blue box” was given a new engine with turbo thrusters. That was even after the extra weight of a student name!

We have more in store for you during the Educator presentation. We hope to see you there.

Friday, 10/3 at 9:00 – WeatherSTEM

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We ‘ve been asked about this one. What is it? What’s this about? Come see and hear what made the Weather Channel take a look and decide to feature our WeatherSTEM progress in an upcoming feature. Local news channels are joining the excitement.

This is STEM education worth learning about. A major part of this presentation will be focused on Educator, a more prescriptive and personalized journey. You’ve heard of the Internet of Things. Come watch how it can impact learning.

What’s dangerous is not to evolve.
~ Jeff Bezos

Let’s Visit

Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections.
It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate.
~ Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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What are you doing next week? It has always been informative for both of us. This year definitely promises the same.

Educator: Today and Tomorrow
Thursday, October 2 • 3:45pm (one hour) •
Lake Nona, Hilton Orlando

Educator has grown faster, friendlier, and more powerful. You’ve seen a lot this past year. Come see and understand where we are taking Educator in the coming months.

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dialogue [dahy-uh-lawg, -log]
1. conversation between two or more persons

We come to listen, to understand, and to share. You have been very vocal here and on our Facebook page. Feel free to do the same live and in person!

 

WeatherSTEM: What, Why, and Wow!
Friday, October 3 • 9:00am (90 minutes) •
Lake Mizell A&B, Hilton Orlando

Have you ever asked about the weather? Do you garden? Do you ever look up at the sky and wonder? WeatherSTEM brings live data about our world into the school curriculum. It’s the most connected weather system on the planet!

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adventure [ad-ven-cher]
1. an exciting or very unusual experience
2. participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises

This is something new and different. This is WeatherSTEM. We are bringing the world around us into classrooms and homes. Come learn about what we are doing outside and what you can discover inside. You can pick the next award winner! It’s probably happening in your backyard, or it will be there soon.

We look forward to crossing paths with you at one time or the other. It’s always been a learning experience for us, and we hope it’s the same for you. Who knows what magic awaits?

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One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.
~ Henry Ford

Reach Out

Reach out and touch
Somebody’s hand.
Make this world a better place
If you can.
~ Diana Ross, debut solo single for Motown, 1970

Someone took the time to reach out to us:

Any way that you guys could make it to where the gradebook or the assessments tab in students view could have a teacher editable area – so for example right now I put the plans for success in the students profile for me to see – but it would be super awesome if the kids would see that too :)

You know those times. There are times when you want to slap a reminder right where a student is guaranteed to see it. It might be for any reason. It could be to complete a DBA, or maybe it’s to read an email. It might be to contact you, or it could even be congratulations for some job well done. It makes no difference; it’s just another way to personalize your students’ experience. As long as you’re leaving notes around, why not add a splash of color?

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How would you like to leave notes for your students? Individual, personalized notes from you can appear on any student’s gradereport and workload pages. Imagine leaving a note that defies the excuse, “I didn’t see it.” Interested? For that extra touch you can even select your splash of color:

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Ready to give it a whirl? This is where you will create and/or edit any personal notes for students …

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The title will always appear in BOLD type. (PLEASE NOTE: Adding a title is optional.) Whatever you put in the REMINDER TEXT box will appear directly under the Title. You have 4 color choices in the dropdown menu. To make anything stick, of course there is the SAVE button. There you go! The DELETE checkbox does exactly what you might think; it deletes the reminder. Now that you have the big picture, how do you get it on the right lunch bag or backpack?

Go to your STUDENTS list. Slowly float your pointer down the list of students in your class. As you hover, you will notice a small blue icon with a plus sign. (See Bart below.) A callout will read ADD A REMINDER FOR THIS STUDENT.

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When a reminder is already set for a student, a constant blue icon with exclamation point will be your signal. (See Lisa above.) Hovering over this icon will reveal the title and text of your reminder. Just glancing at the roster will indicate who has a reminder. The hover will show the reminder. Clicking the icon will bring you to that EDIT STUDENT REMINDER window (way up above here) where you can use that DELETE checkbox, if you like.

You will also see the reminder on the student’s gradereport. It will appear to you exactly as the student will see it. This way you can readily know what the reminder says to your student. Clicking the “X” button will close the reminder for that page view. Refreshing or returning to the page will show it again. Leave some notes, and let us know what you think.

We have one more comment to share:

I’m not sure if this has been suggested before, but frequently when a student sends me an email inside the system, I need to look at their gradebook to answer the question. Clicking on their name takes me to the student mail profile. It would pretty cool if that click, or a different link, took me directly to their gradebook view.

This sounded like a great idea to us! You will now notice a small icon next to the student’s name on an e-mail. Click that icon, and you will be taken directly to that student’s grade report in a new window.

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